Allen L. Clark

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Director, Professional Development Program
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PhD, geology, University of Idaho; Post-graduate studies: Development Policy and Economics, Stanford University
Area of Expertise: 

Development policy and economics; Disaster management and humanitarian assistance programs; Policy and institutions in support of sustainable national and regional development; Social, cultural and environmental impacts of large-scale resource development (terrestrial and deep ocean).

Allen Clark previously served Senior Fellow within the Politics, Governance and Security program of the East-West Center's Research Program; Adjunct Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics--University of Hawaii at Manoa; and Executive Director of the East-West Center/Pacific Disaster Center Managing Partner Cooperative Agreement. He is a founder and former Director-General of the International Institute for Resource Development (IIRD) and Chief and founder of the US Geological Survey’s Office of Resource Analysis.  He has served as a consultant for the Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, OPEC fund and the United Nations. He has worked directly in over 60 countries as a consultant to numerous national and international aid agencies and private industry.  He is the author/co-author of more than 300 technical publications.


  • Nexus of Resilience and Public Policy in a Modern Risk Society
  • Towards the Development of a Regulatory Framework for Polymetallic Nodule Exploitation in "The Area (UN/LOS).
  • Social, Cultural and Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters
  • Poverty Issues in the Context of an Evolving Asia
  • Structural Reform of the Mining Industry in Asia and the Pacific Region
  • Managing Minesite and Local Community Issues--The New Reality of Mineral Development